Adoption Advice…

In light of our burglary in the wee hours of Sunday morning- which could definitely have been avoided had we not become complacent and lax, and had the forking electric fence around the complex been working- we’ve decided to adopt a couple of dogs.

We’re thinking two females and medium size, as we don’t have a lot of garden. Two because I don’t want them being bored or lonely, and females because I believe they’re smarter and less likely to pee on everything! And we’ll be adopting adult dogs from a shelter- I don’t want puppies I have to train. And they’re going to be outside dogs because I want them to be a deterrent in future, so they’ll have a nice kennel and such.

Any advice on how to settle them in? Only my parents ever had dogs, and my Glugster has had dogs, but they were indoor, lovable, sleep-on-the-bed family dogs.

24 thoughts on “Adoption Advice…

  1. Definitely go female, we have 2 and they are great protectors. However ours sleep downstairs not outside as i feel it would be counter productive to have the dogs outside if someone breaks in since our back yard is separate from the front yard so someone can break in and the dogs would not be able to help if they were out back. There beds are right next to the door. we trained them not to bark in the house unless there are strangers (just correcting them if they barked with no reason and encouraged them when they barked for the right reason). here in the US they have a lot of classes to dog training. we did a few and they were very helpful – they are meant to train the humans more than the dogs
    .-= katy´s last blog ..Sunrise from above =-.

  2. I have 3 and they are all female…never had a problem at all. Yep, have to concur that you’ll have great dogs as long as you are a fair leader. You have to be the boss. Have some fun watching the Dog Whisperer before you get them….it’s really simple and awesome. My dogs used to run my life…now they don’t need leashes! As long as the get exercise, shelter, love and boundaries they will be STOKED and protect ya!
    .-= dyna´s last blog ..Whole Lotta Happy =-.

  3. I agree, best is 1 female, 1 male, both neutered.
    A dog’s behaviour is a reaction to its owner. They are pack animals and need you to be a strong pack leader to avoid unwanted behaviour like incessant barking, jumping on you, etc etc. Best advice ever is to be gained from Cesar Millan (a.k.a. the Dog Whisperer) – check out his website for good tips, and you can watch some archived episodes on the National Geographic channel.
    Seriously – loads of tips there. Following his suggestions has made a huge difference to my little dogs, both of whom were adopted from shelters.
    The good news is that very few dogs are sooo messed up from their previous owners that they can’t be fixed. Some just take a bit more time than others.
    The formula for success (according to Cesar) is Exercise, Discipline and Affection – in that order. Trust me, it works and the dogs are happier for it.
    Good luck!
    .-= Terri´s last blog ..Creepy Neighbours =-.

  4. If you chat to the security guys, they recommend that you have the dogs sleeping inside the house with you. They’re less likely to be poisoned by those with nefarious intentions then, and if baddies they’re likely to bark like mad if they hear anything outside. Also, if the bad guys do get in, the dogs are in the house to protect you, they’re not locked away outside. I’m also voting for one of each gender, fixed to prevent breeding accidents. Ours are outside during the day, when the Rottweiler runs down the driveway and barks at everything walking past, and at nighttime they’re inside with us – snuggling up to us and keeping us company.

  5. I’d suggest one big and one small dog. It’s the small dogs that are more alert and get the big dog going. I’d go to a local vet & see if there are any pets needing homes because of people emigrating. Then at least the dogs are used to each other already. Good luck
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Hospitals, Cars and Great Grandma =-.

  6. Maybe you could adopt a “family”. Sometimes dogs from the same home need a new house – it would be easier to get them settled I think. If not I don’t think that two females would be a problem. Especially if they’re fixed which they probably will be as you’re adopting. Just lots of love and walks. A tired dog is a happy dog! That’s my rule of thumb. 🙂

    And sorry that it happened to you guys! I’m glas you’re okay though. [[hug]]
    .-= sleepyjane´s last blog ..House warming of note =-.

  7. i really feel for the fact that you had your space violated. it takes longer to start feeling secure than it does to replace the “stuff” that got taken. that’s the worst part of it.
    anyway, being the slave to what i call my kids, i guess i can give you some input. i have one dog which i’ve had since she was a pup, the other was rescued from the spca. both are awesome, the one from the spca is better behaved though. 🙂 he was aloof and stand-offish when we got him, but lots of love has brought him round so that he now comes looking for affection.
    i’m a firm believer in having inside/outside dogs. when we’re not home, we leave the dogs outside, but they sleep indoors with us, right beside the bed and if anything is not right outside, they kick up a helluva fuss to let us know. i wouldn’t dream of leaving them outside overnight – too many horror stories of poisonings, etc. also, dogs are pack animals and when you bring them home, you become their pack and they want to be where you are. i’ve been to both the spca and to fora
    there are always dogs in need of a good home and they’ll have even more love to give than you do. good luck! xxx
    .-= cybersass´s last blog ..i’ll have nun o’ that! =-.

  8. Sorry about the burglary! Had my head in the midst of moving business and missed it!! Good luck with puppy adoption! (or dog rather, we always saw our 12 yr old one as a pup.) They will be a fabulous addition to the Glugs-Angel-Damien family I’m sure
    .-= Darla´s last blog ..a lesson in hysterical behavior =-.

  9. We adopted a 6 month old boy (of dubious heritage) from the SPCA and he is the most adorable, sweet, loving dog ever.
    There are a pair of black labs at the Watloo SPCA (I checked the website) who obviously come from the same home. They are five, so adoption is probably not looking good. Labs don’t need a lot of space, but will require frequent walking or they get fat. Labs are also easy to train, and very intelligent. They are not the best dogs for ‘early warning’, and are not very protective over things, but are very much people dogs, and will attach themselves to you like glue (this is just my observation, based on being mommy to a lab, results vary)
    My lab is gorgeous, and smart and only a deterrent in that she looks menacing, but in reality wouldn’t care less if you came into the garden, as long as you don’t approach my mom or Ciara 🙂
    .-= Kerryn´s last blog ..It’s a fight to the death =-.

  10. i wouldn’t think that two female dogs together would be a good idea. i’d recommend a male *and* female (both neutered) – one medium sized dog, and one small one. the small ones are usually your best warning system. try to get one that’s not too yappy. like a jack russell.

    and i agree with the point raised about rescue/re-homing clubs. lots of awesome dogs out there, looking for new homes.
    .-= ExMi´s last blog ..Six Times Today. =-.

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  12. Unfortunately I am unable to advise anything on the dogs because I don’t have any experience with what you are asking but wanted to say that I am so sorry about your break in. Such a violation and so very invasive. I hope that you can get back to normal soon – it can take a while though so don’t be too hard on yourselves if it doesn’t happen overnight..xxxx

  13. Wet Nose is a bit of a drive, near Hartebeesport, but has MANY beautiful adult dogs looking for loving homes. Settling them in, make sure you have a big enough kettle, loads of food and show them love whenever they approach you. It’s important to let them explore the garden and get familiar with your smells and habits.

    For guard dogs, I’d highly recommend retrievers or alsatians – preferrably black ones, as the baddies are super religious about black dogs.

    So sorry to hear about what happened. I hope you’re able to get back to normal soon.

    .-= Shebee´s last blog ..Yours in wrinkles. =-.

  14. Look out for Rescue clubs , there are for a lot of breeds in South Africa- like the labrador resque club etc. The re-home well loved family dogs that has to find new homes – so you know the dog has been brought up well. For outside kennels I would recommend the Igloo tyoe ones (ugly green plastic) – they are warm and air and raint ight and cleans really easily – just with water (do not use soap) – so no fleas etc. If you want to get a dog from a shelter, try to get one that is not too aggressive or too scared as often happens with abused dogs.

  15. I think adopting is a great idea, special considering there are so many adult dogs who never see good homes. I would suggest finding two dogs who have been housed together and get along well already at the adoption house. also there are lots of dogs looking for homes because their parents are immigrating. check your local vet for the listings

  16. FYI, latest info from the po-leece is that dogs *indoors* are more of a deterrent, because they bark, giving you more warning when there are intruders trying to get in, and giving you a few more seconds to call ADT/the cops etc. Also – in my experience with dogs, if there is an adult dog at a shelter, it probably has not had the best life and upbringing so be prepared to have to train anyway. The best advice I could give you is to visit your local vet. There are plenty of owners emigrating, and heart brokenly trying to find their good, well trained dogs a home, since they cannot afford quarantine (currently at R60 000 for two dogs to Australia/NZ). You will have much better success with a dog that has had a good home. Those dogs have every right to a new life as the shelter dogs, who (since we have one, I know) yap incessantly, have been bred from *godknowswhat* and just remain a bit *mad* even long after they have come home.
    .-= Ness at Drovers Run´s last blog ..Of Dogs and Dustmen =-.

  17. ive also only had dogs rom puppies so cant advise on how to settle a grown dog-make sure u get their history though dont want to get a dog home that was really abused previously and now is afraid of even a leave that may be blowing around-also not a dog that howls too much -ppl are normally put off by a really ugly dog or a black and brindle type coloured dog. i have a real pavement special dog and when i open my gates to get come home ppl either wait at the top of the road till they see im cos my dog has a really hectically scary bark and he jumps at the gate when ppl go past-that being said i think my jack russel would probally do more damage if ppl got into the property

  18. How to settle them in…? slowly, gently, calmly 🙂 lots of treats!!
    there is a beagle pair looking for a new home… not sure how big your garden is… they do need a fair amount of space and exercise.

    Good luck!!

    oh, ps the SPCA’s site is pretty jacked up in terms of what they have available lovely pics too!
    .-= Tanya´s last blog ..Birthday Blog =-.

  19. It’s usually better not to have two females together, rather a male and a female.

  20. Hmm I’ve only ever had them from puppies so I don’t think my advice would help much. Good luck with the doggy hunting, i find it quite difficult to choose a dog when visiting a shelter cause they all look so dam adorable.
    .-= Fairy Girl´s last blog ..To do list =-.

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